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If you can get into it, it's worth the read
on February 23, 2009
Isabel Allende's first novel is a classic magic realism story dealing with several generations in the Trueba family. The story itself is well-written, complex and involved. However, it took me about 150 of the almost 450 pages to be interested at all in any of the characters. While it picked up pace near the middle, the last hundred pages became more of a political statement than a story. While I found it an interesting exploration of a family, when I would get to the end of a generation, it was hard for me to find the motivation to get to the following chapters. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the genre of magic realism or Latin American politics, but not to someone who is just mildly curious.